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  1. OBEwan

    Freedom!

    After VERRRRYY long break I finally got out on the buggy today. It was only a short one. About an hour and a half down at the much renovated Apex Park at Altona. 30+km SE wind with the trusty little 4m Ozone Access 2. I had really forgotten how much fun it is. Hopefully I'll get out a bit more over coming weeks.
    7 points
  2. An exciting day! At Sutcliffe Reserve in Corio, with my vintage 3m Quadrifoil. Probably needed a bit more wind 😂 There were a couple of faster bursts but they weren’t captured of course... Needless to say, it was a thrill and I can’t wait for the next session! IMG_0648.mov
    6 points
  3. RedSky

    Halloween Squall

    I know, the title sucks. This is a short video. Just me out riding while testing my new storm kite, a secondhand eBay special, a barely used 5m Cabrinha SwitchBlade. I have been wanting one for years but they've always been too expensive new and I have never known them to come up for sale second-hand in this size, until now. To be honest, this video is not worth watching expect maybe for the squall at the beginning which i found interesting. No speed run this time as the wind died down after the squall to about 24 -27 knots with a cross-cross-on direction which meant I was bugg
    4 points
  4. Thanks for everybody’s advice. Second attempt today on an oval in Canberra. Wind about 10 knots and sadly still a bit gusty but managed to launch, take straight up and land again. Still putting too much control in thinking it’s a power kite but managed to move it around a bit in the wind window. More practice required!
    3 points
  5. Yep, ditto what Tom said! Two words for you Angus... Lawn Mower!! cut yourself a nice wide track - you'll also find all the rocks that might cause you a problem Thick spring grass and large wet sheep poo's (don't even mention cow patties) are the main problem for buggying in the paddock at this time of year.
    3 points
  6. Awesome job @Angus Johnstone When this lockdown lifts, hopefully you can make it out for a buggy run with us! Might have to pull an over nighter at Sandy Point!
    3 points
  7. Thanks so much @jhn.holgate - couldn't have done it without you! really appreciate the encouragement, will let you know how things progress 👍
    3 points
  8. Absolutely! Though the performance / speed / versatility is no doubt superior with the Longstar 2's, it comes at increased cost and complexity. Same with the Flysurfer Peak 2. Great kites for getting into depowers while maintaining a pretty gentle learning curve.
    2 points
  9. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    Olpe 10/2020
    2 points
  10. Gday Mate, The vertical spars should be on the rear of the kite. a steady wind is much easier to learn. you will find that you will need to be quite gentle on the control, with much smaller movement than a foil. The rev responds best to small precise movements, and that will come with practice. I hope we can get to have a fly again soon. Always keep it in the car, they do make a great carpark kite. stick with it,
    2 points
  11. Had another session on the farm where we’re living today, and my first minor OBE 😂 The grass is really long here, to the point where I *think* it may not be the best spot, especially with a few rocks etc lurking. Might have to check out some more ovals and the like until it’s time to hit the beach / all this lush greenery dies back! Cheers again all for your encouragement 🎉 IMG_0743.mov
    2 points
  12. Awesome Angus! Way better than any of my first efforts. I think it took me literally dozens of attempts before I started to 'get it'.
    2 points
  13. Too kind @RedSky! I owe my ability to turn to @jhn.holgate and his excellent ‘how to’ video! Seems like such a great community here, I’m so happy to be a part of it. And yes, a lawnmower wouldn’t have hurt! Things are particularly lush here at the moment - better than the opposite for everyone except buggy riders I suspect...
    2 points
  14. Yeah I was watching it last night, a couple of times in fact. I was thinking you should be dragging a lawn mower behind you. You did better than my first attempt! I could only travel in one direction and then walk back. I was also curious to find your location on Google maps and realised that I past through the Geelong area when I was travelling around Australia back in 2009. It's not everyday we get to hear that someone has decided to start buggying, so I hope you keep with it and keep posting up your progress with more videos.
    2 points
  15. I have Dec off work. Fingers crossed we can go to Sandy Point!
    2 points
  16. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    part2
    2 points
  17. Angus Johnstone

    No wind day

    Cheers @RedSky! I've already invested in a kite upgrade (a NS2 3.2m thanks to @jhn.holgate) and am hoping to get out for a session this arvo. Updates to follow
    1 point
  18. Looks good John, new to this forum business (excuse my ignorance), can we private message? also I’ve got a reply from Germany Angus, again can we private message & I’ll forward info to you. thanks guys looking forward to connecting with you both.
    1 point
  19. Think I've got one... or maybe a Shockwave, can't remember. They look similar...? Harder to fly than the Rev 1.5 I've got, really needs some skill and decent wind. If it's your first Rev then ... good luck As has been said, you don't fly them like two-line stunt kites, or even a 4-line power kite. You want to balance front and rear line tension, a bit of tension on the rear to actually make it fly. You can't just dump the rears like a power kite. I can't hear what this guy is saying, but watch his hands...
    1 point
  20. Juan Valdez

    Halloween Squall

    Looks like fun with your new kite🤙
    1 point
  21. .Joel

    Bye Dad.

    2 years today.
    1 point
  22. This weekend was the test of my NPW21, after several line adjustments I managed to put it on the air. My observations about the kite were: Lots of tractive force. Wider flight window. Low speed. Lots of vibration at the tips. The kite is much wider compared to the NPW5, which makes it have a lower AR. I still need to make more precise adjustments, reduce the tension lines, maybe create some darts, but taking into account the bad wind quality with variation and gusts coming from L and NE direction, I really liked the result. Soon new videos. I will be honest in saying that I was a little
    1 point
  23. Haakon K

    Sysmic S3

    Just got an update on the S3 from Chris this weekend, there's gonna be 1 month(ish) delay because of a new model seat (some changes for the better, he assures), and the makers of these things are quite busy, as it goes. So, my sliver of hope for a last buggy ride before the winter hits Oslo seems very thin now - these last weeks has been very mild so I had my hopes up... Ah, well - that'll just make it more of a christmas present, then.
    1 point
  24. Thanks so much @RedSky, that really means a lot to me! Yeah it's a beautiful spot here, lovely and green at the moment but I'm secretly looking forward to when things dry out a bit and the grass cover is reduced for a better buggy surface 😆 And duly noted, I shall endeavor to ensure that all future OBEs are captured for all to enjoy 🤣
    1 point
  25. Yesterday I managed to reach another breakthrough on my board. The wheels were printed on the 3D printer and for shape I used a very hard wood that ended up cracking in a small jump that I stopped. I will soon have a more suitable board, but for now this will be my option for my NASA 4m kite.
    1 point
  26. So I got back from my Kitesurfing trip last night. Five days of great kiting and a few aches and pains. The last day was an unexpected gift as I only drove to Thoedolite Creek, Woodgate, to say my farewells and have one more look at what’s got to be one of my favourite kite spots to date. But the wind gods were on my side despite what the forecast was showing and I had the best session of the trip before the drive home. I spent the first day at Elliot heads and the rest at Thoedolite, driving there and back from Bundy. It really is a beautiful kite spot. For anyone wanting to learn on f
    1 point
  27. Came across this article on the web. A few years old, but worthy of a share. https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/72796965/the-kite-king-of-canterbury-still-top-of-his-game-at-69
    1 point
  28. From the album: Igeighty

    Lake Nadzab South Australia Jan 2016
    1 point
  29. xXRisingSunXx

    Pendulum Fail

    lol. Still better than me
    1 point
  30. This is just my initial thoughts on the Helium seeing as I got the U-Turn SPS depower setup from Bill this very morning. The Helium 6.8 is typical U-Turn in most ways. Excellent build quality as with the Oxigens. It's made from 44gsm ripstop so not as light or water resistant as the Oxi Pros but then again you pay the premium for the very top end materials. On handles and on an Ozone 65cm line bar I'd found the Helium to be soooo very stable and virtually luff proof. No shocks, no nasty suprises just lots and lots of power. It turned quite slowly but then again it is a low aspect 6.8m kit
    1 point
  31. The flysurfer voodoo is marketed as a multi purpose kite, suitable for water, land and snow use. this kite differs from previous FS models with the introduction of 'Multi-WAC' a sytem to allow the user to tailor the kite to their preferences. i bought this kite on the recommendation of a friend who had been lucky enough to try it at the product demo, and the product description made it sound perfectly matched to my needs. The kite/details im not really one for describing the various merits of manufacturers bags, so all i'll say on the VOODOO bag is that its the standa
    1 point
  32. stone surfer

    HQ Beamer 2.5M

    After flying a friends flexifoil proteam 8 for a while I felt I needed a power kite of my own, and possibly a little bigger than the 8. I sought advice from some friends and joined this site and was slightly put off by the flexifoil prices, especially for my first kite. Finally I settled on a Beamer 2.5 having heard good things about value for money! It has arrived! I first flew it in no more than 5kts and I was surprised that it even got off the ground let alone fly like it did, which was smooth and with a consistent pull. Having taken it to the beach at the weekend in 8-9kts I am w
    1 point
  33. We (my son and I) have a bullet 2.5 metres square. We bought this as a first kite, but the question that I ask is this a fist kite for a novas flyer? Actually we had been flying a Protein 8 for a year prior to the purchase of this kite, so we were not quite in the novas category, but all the same, the jump from 2 line to quad line was bigger that I had thought. Just a quick comment about the Protein 8; a fun kite. It has pull and lift to some extent particularly in higher winds. We took it into Dartmoor and it pulled us about like mad. Jonny ended up in a hole, having unexpectedly been pulled
    1 point
  34. Burger

    Eolo Radsails Pro 5M

    This review is in remembrance of my stolen Eolo Radsail Pro 5.0, may it take the thief off the ground and throw them into oblivion. I bought this kite about three months ago from Ebay after having a little play with my mates PKD Buster. The build quality for a budget kite was very good, with very strong dyneema bridles and stitching, with stitched grills covering the air intakes of the cells. It's also a very attractive kite, I had the White, Black/Grey and Blue design which really looked a picture in the sky. The bag was also very practicle with the bottom of the bag meshed so that
    1 point
  35. After being helped so much by this site I thought I would write a quick review of my new baby, the HQ Crossfire 4.0. First off, let me say that I have never flown a power kite before, only deltas, so I didn't know what I was letting myself in for really. Couldn't wait to get it and bugged the company who supplied it for days before it arrived. Finally the day came, and I removed the packaging. Despite reading all the reviews of the rather odd zipper, nothing quite prepares you for its ridiculous size! Still not sure if it is a good thing or a bit daft. Anyway, on to more important ma
    1 point
  36. Offshore

    Eolo Radsails Pro 6M

    Having started flying kites again this year with a rather nice pressie off my wife of a 2.5m Beamer(it was one of the first in the country!) I decided to go large. I test flew a number of kites ranging from Rebbles, Samurais and 5m Beamers - and ended up with a Radsail Pro 6m. How so? Well it was ex demo/secondhand = bargain. It was also deamed to be the odd one out in the Pro line up ie slower and not as fast as the 4m Pro. I've resisted the tempation to write a review until now. I've read bits and pieces by other folk a lot of which has been a little damning of the 6m until I read a sni
    1 point
  37. Introduction. I am a realative Newbie at Kiting, and whilst on holiday in South Wales I started to notice the Parafoils gracing the beaches of Pembrokeshire, and after flying a few small kites decided to venture into the world of two line Parafoil!, I found a shop in Saundersfoot and made some enquiries into Kites and explained My situation, the shop owner was very helpful and helped Me to decide on the Sigma Spirit 1.5, He demonstrated the Larks Head knot and gave me some safety information, and explained how to set up and start flying. When I unpacked the Kite I was surprised
    1 point
  38. RaceKites

    HQ Crossfire 4M

    After reading many reviews here, I decided on the Crossfire 4.0. I have flown delta wing and parafoil stunt kites for many years and my wife and daughters fly as well. This is my first experience with any type of 4 line kite. The "Big Zipper" on my bag was defective, but HQ sent a new bag immediately. GREAT customer service. Orlando isn't the best place for wind, but we have our days. Finally after about a month of nothing, we had a good weekend with 10-25 mph winds. I was pretty intimidated after watching "The Art of Airtime with Erik Eck" (a must see) but decided it was time to giv
    1 point
  39. perilous

    Rhombus Firebee 3M

    There are lots of reviews on the firebee so I won't bore you with too much detail. The 3m firebee is what I refer to as the marmite kite because people either love or hate them. There is also a lot of discussion on stability and power rings and build quality etc. This is my personal view, right or wrong, after owning and flying one for the past 3 years and still going strong. Although the build quality is not as good as more expensive kites, it has proved reliable and still flies as good as the day I set it up. It's suffered the usual learner crash nose dives and wing tip scrapes ( e
    1 point
  40. RaceKites

    Flexifoil Super 10

    This was my first power kite. On a windy day it can prove very enjoyable but is slightly lacking on a day with not as much wind. The kite is made of chikara rip stop nylon, dyneema pre-streched lines and has a pair of nice soft handles-much like my girlfriends. However I have washed my handles many time but they still smell of dampness and grass. I am extremely suprised by this kite as I have used it very reclessly and it is still undamaged! I've crashed it into the floor alot when I was learning, attemted flying it ontop of a hill in cornwall in a gale (it hurt a hell of alot, jumped lan
    1 point
  41. I have a few kites including a century, I recently bought a 2.8 Amun and flew it this weekend (29th 30th Jan) at Redcar. It comes in a very nifty backpack, although having said that you cant fly the bag it comes in, but I am very impressed with the kite. It is a lot cheaper than the the 'big name' kites but don't let that put you off. This kite is a speed freak, I was doing 35mph + (measured by GPS) and keeping up with a guy flying a 3.5 century. It does not have the lift a Blade will give you but I think that is a plus for a buggy kite, most of us want to stay on the ground, and tha
    1 point
  42. As a relative newbie to the hobby I had yet to experience the full 'joys' of winter flying. However one thing I have realised is that if I didn't want long enforced periods staring out of the window and sulking because I couldn't fly I needed to get something that (i) would not tear my arms off in gale force winds (ii) was affordable and fun. The last requirement was essential, after all, winter is pretty depressing to start with so it needs to be something that would encourage me to leave that comfy armchair in front of that roaring log fire on a cold blustery grey miserable day. There a
    1 point
  43. Wazzer2004

    Flexifoil Super 10

    I bought this kite about a year ago form my local kite shop (Kites Up). I got it home ready to fly it but it was raining. I was so excited about flying it but the weather was terrible. Finally i managed to get it out for my first time. It took me a little bit of time to get it up into the air because i was used to flying sport kites. When i got it up i felt a big pull, then i looked and the kite was just spinning around out of control. i landed it and found that one of the caps that was supposed to be on the end of the bar was missing, i took it back to the shop, they gave me a new cap an
    1 point
  44. 3tilley

    HQ Beamer 3.6M

    Hey guys, I have recently bought a beamer 3.6. I was looking for something to get a kick out of and kiting seemed to fit the bill. After some research I decided on a Beamer 3.6, they are relatively cheap and pack a punch. I ordered it off an ebay auction by Marionville models. They are good people. I paid with AMEX the £120. The kite arrived 2 days later, good service. The bag does what it is supposed to, it holds the kite, and it does that fine. It does not try and make any statements (except for the zip, thick as 3 fingers!), just plain black. The kite looked impressive, yellow with the
    1 point
  45. Currently the kite of the moment, the ozone frenzy is mooted as the ultimate all purpose kite with a bias towards boards. this kite brings inflatable flying manners and control ethos to foil flying. The kites bag is a quality affair with a padded back, straps for a snowboard and attachments for the kitebar and various snowkiting paraphennalia. Correctly packed, theres enough room for an extra kite and harness. Taking the kite out in the living room reveals several details. firstly, there's a velcro tab to attach your bridles while derigging and velcro openings on t
    1 point
  46. ArcAngel

    Rhombus Firebee 4M

    The Firebee was my second kite, bought last summer as a step up from my little Skytiger. At that time I was just getting into kiting, and was mainly interested in jumping and skudding. What sold the Firebee to me was it's price- I could get a 4m kite for under £150!? Wow.... The bag is a bit naff looking and flimsy (although saying that, it has stood up fine to over a year of abuse)! The kite isn't up to the build quality of Flexi or Ozone stuff- on seams the stitching was irregular in places, but it is a tough bit of kit- nothing has ripped yet! The bridles are sleeved, but a c
    1 point
  47. When I started Buggying about 8 years ago, I looked around to see what was winning 'what' on the Buggy scene. I realised that Predator stood out from all the others as the winning kites. After trying a few out and convincing myself that they were right for me, I took myself off to Sky Kites and ordered a complete set, seven kites in all ranging from 2 to 8 metres. For 4 to 5 years I used & enjoyed them, learning all the skills needed for Buggying & showing off on the beach ........... You know the kind of thing ............. 2 wheels, no hands, backw
    1 point
  48. RaceKites

    Rhombus Firebee 1M

    The Rhombus Firebee 1.0 was my first amatuer power kite. I only considering buying this size due to the magically low price and time that I had to receive it before my vacation. Below you will find a breakdown on the kite. Packaging.. 3/5 Kite arrived in a decent backpack. Backpack material feels like thin plastic but its a $89 kite so what can you expect. I was happy for the price. Also pack contains zipper front pocket for items- phone, keys, spliffs etc.. Quality of Kite Fabric .. 3/5 On inspection of the kite it was decently size for such a small priced kite. The material see
    1 point
  49. I rode my Voodoo 14 for the first time today. After about 2 hours on the water, here is my review; Conditions very cold, air temp 47 degrees, water temp 38 degrees, flat water (the pond). Wind was 13mph to 18mph max. Other kiters were on Cabrina 14m LEI and Takoon 14-16ishm LEI. One windsurfer was on an 8.0M sail. Rider weight - 178lbs. Board 140 Hana Crew Stealth. The Voodoo has a nice newer style bag than the other FS kites. I like the way the lines are already attached to the bar. The set up is real fast - it took less than two minutes to unroll the lines and be ready for launch
    1 point
  50. RaceKites

    Elliot Ekko

    I,m very pleased with this kite it works great in high winds it can be a little fussy in turbulent winds. This kite does'nt waste any wind power it puts it to good use and works hard up wind it also makes for a fast start. This is a very fast kite,work it and it will work for you. By : tazz
    1 point
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